The Future and Its Discontents

The Future and Its Discontents
Evgeny Morozov has what can only be called another Morozovian review of some high-minded utopia book in the New Republic. This time, rather than turning his attention on the intellectual scourge of Parag Khanna’s TED Talk, he turns his attention to something a bit more familiar to all of us: Google.┬áSpecifically, Morozov reviews the new ...

The Great Transfer of Free Wealth

The past few weeks have seen an explosion of writers coming out of the woodwork to complain about either being asked to, or feeling like they had to write for free. And that’s an important discussion that should continue. But it’s also part of a larger phenomenon as well. A few weeks ago I wrote ...

What Matters in 2015?

What Matters in 2015?
The longest war in American history is coming to an end next year. As of December 31, 2014, the last conventional combat trooper is going to be withdrawn from Afghanistan and a new era of U.S. engagement with that country will begin. Of course, that engagement does not have a stable shape yet: the Afghan ...

The Case for Optimism

The Case for Optimism
Foreign Policy blogger Rosa Brooks wrote a rather head-scratching column last week, in which she called for pessimism about the future. I shared some of these thoughts with my colleagues. Shouldn’t we, I suggested, stop kidding ourselves about “finding solutions” to the challenges posed by technologies that evolve faster than our brains? Shouldn’t we instead ...